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Delicious Decisions….

Just look at this lovely yarn….. LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!!!! So good you could almost taste it!!! I can’t decide what to do with it…. it’s just so lovely. It varies in thickness and knits up on 6mm needles….

That red and orange; it’s like a fire right there. I don’t normally go for the hot colours like this, I’m more of a green and blue kinda person but this yarn sang to me…. it shouted YOU NEED ME!!!!! I guess that’s what reds and oranges do huh!?

This is more my style, not so easy to knit with as its got little sequins in but it makes up a luxurious fabric …

Both are from my favourite yarn shop in Bath. It’s an Italian Tailors and they sell Italian yarn, it’s great to find different things…

Anyway I’m thinking lightweight summer wrap for the cool evenings (and let’s face it, days in the UK!) …..

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Yarn horror story 😳😳😱😱

I’ve got those ‘Not going to have enough yarn to finish this project’ blues…

I weighed it before I started… it should have been enough… having said that I’m having to use my old baking scales ever since I accidentally dropped my super accurate digital ones in the (full) washing up bowl… note to self buy new scales….

If I can’t get some more, I guess I could use a contrasting colour.., hmmm time to get creative – either that or frog the whole thing and knit something else…

Still on the bright side, I’ve enjoyed knitting it… every cloud has a silver lining….

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Sewing vs knitting

Today I thought I’d have a go at making curtains for our camper. Nay, better than that I thought I’d get the girl involved. I had a couple of pillow cases and planned to make some nice kitch curtains.

While I was hatching this plan I had completely forgotten that my sewing machine is completely bleddy temperamental. So fast forward a bit, the needle is way over to the left, there’s no way of getting it back where I want it, the top thread keeps breaking, even though the tension is where it normally is add to that 3 needles broke and the girl lost my needle threader (‘look Mummy it’s got a head on it I’ll put it somewhere ……’)

So, my perfect little curtains turned in to that’ll do let’s just get them done and in the van curtains…..ho hum. The girl quickly escaped leaving me in my own to let out some truly colourful language. I bloomin hate sewing right now. I learnt on an industrial machine, maybe I expect too much of my domestic model. I like hand sewing much better. So now I’m going to soothe my soul with a bit of knitting …..

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Life in colour

I’ve really enjoyed knitting these loose fitting hats. The pattern is for an Aran weight yarn, or any yarn that works well on 5mm needles. That means some of the more interesting DK yarns can work well too.

The hat suits long or short hair which is unusual as hats are usually either or. Also multi-coloured yarns work really well, I’m not usually a fan of yarns with a wide variation of colours but I love these. And they use around 50g of yarn which is ideal for using up stash yarns. This hat pattern is a keeper for the book I’m putting together.

With summer just around the corner (ok we we shin deep in snow last weekend with more forecast for Easter) I’m turning my attention to some lighter weight knits. Let’s be honest though, it’s a rare day in the UK when you don’t take an extra layer ‘just in case’…

So I’ve done the tension square and sums for a loose and lightweight jumper. Now we all know my sums can be a bit off so I’ve checked and checked again and I’m pretty certain it’ll be a nice fit for a UK 10- 14 …. watch this space …..

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Shhhhh!

I LOVE this yarn. I’ve knitted the cable ear warmer and am making a start on the hat.

My brain was jangled after a busy day and I needed some quiet after the girl went to bed. In the quiet of the living room I sat on the floor and worked out how the decrease might work. I say might because things can sometimes change in the actual knitting. Feeling already quieter, I did some yoga with my favourite YouTube channel yoga with Adriene …. and now I feel positively serene!

Have I mentioned that I LOVE this yarn. The picture doesn’t do the colours justice ( I’m all about colour). The cable looks amazing and I’m actually inspired to knit a jumper… anyway now to keep the quiet in my soul with a bit of knitting ❤️🙏🏼

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Great expectations!

This is a wonderful Italian chunky wool/ alpaca/ acrylic yarn on 6.5mm needles. I’ve knitted the tension square to help me with my design for a close fitting hat with detachable ear warmer.

I really love the definition of the stitches and the soft mossy colours. It’s funny, I react strongly to colour. A while ago I was using some brown chunky yarn. On the face of it the yarn was attractive, and I’d knitted other items in differences colours of the same yarn. Once I started with it I was disappointed but I just couldn’t put my finger on why. Eventually I realised, there just wasn’t enough warmth. So anyway I’m really looking forward to working with this yarn.

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Keepin it loose…

I’ve had this lovely black and green yarn for ages, my husband bought it for me. It’s DK so I’ve not been sure what to do with it.

Anyway I’m trying out my Boho hat in DK on larger needles that the recommended 4mm. The trick here is to keep the tension consistently gentle…. let’s see how it works out….

In other news I sorted out some of my yarn stash…..

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Work in progress.

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything ; I’ve not been idle. A few things have come up so I’ve had to think creatively. Some of the colours in the super chunky range have been discontinued by the supplier. The blue, the orange so I’ve been looking at other colour combinations and also another suppliers of a similar yarn and seeing how it compares. So far it’s very favourable, working through the patterns,making sure they knit up the same size, feel good, look good.

I’ve found a really rich red, and a powder blue that sing to me and work well with the other colours. Also I’ve been working with some different chunky colours. Also I’ve been working on some new designs.  I can’t help feeling somewhat distracted, disconnected. It’s not a great feeling but sometimes I think we have to sit with our feelings. See where they lead us, Sometimes I learn more this way, new things present themselves, things I wouldn’t have found otherwise. There is also a risk however that I take a route that has no benefit at all other than to be a mistake to learn from!

So while I dilly and dally (or at least that’s what it feels like) I’m working on nice little lined summer bag and I’ve been asked to knit a hat for a friend. I’ve got a new design in mind – aran weight knitted top down.  I’ll share the pattern when it’s finished.

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Just say NO!

When I was growing up the cast of Grange Hill released a chart topping song warning about the perils of taking Heroin. ‘ Just say NO!’ They sang while horrible images filled the screen. Like falling into quicksand, I thought avoiding heroin dealers would be a much bigger problem than it turned out to be. I guess I’ve been lucky. Not once however was there mention of the perils of unwanted knitting requests (UKR) during any textile and fashion class.

There are things I really do not enjoy knitting. For example, you will never hear me say “oooh I can’t wait to get started on the floor length lace poncho” not unless I was on some desert island, mysteriously washed up with 101 balls of lace yarn, some needles and a pattern. Actually I’d be more likely to try and fashion some sort of raft with it…

We all have our NO list. Mine includes anything thinner than Aran weight yarn, anything with more than a 6 row repeat, blankets, baby clothes and scarves. The thing is I have quite a strong aversion to knitted them as I discovered when my Mother In Law asked me to knit her a nice long scarf.

My first response was ‘F**k NO! I’d rather poke my eye out with a Sh***y stick’. Luckily I managed to keep this response in my head as, while there are some people would I could say this to, my MIL isn’t one of them. However that fateful pause while I tried to articulate a more appropriate response was taken as tacit agreement.

So that’s why I’m knitting a ‘nice long scarf’ and why? Because never role played what I would say when faced with an UKR. I didn’t have a response ready. If you belong to a knitting group I’d recommend regularly role playing your responses to UKR’s. if you’re a solitary knitter you’ll have to make do with practicing on your own but believe me it’s time well spent.

Even better, let your friends and family know what you ARE willing to knit (and how long it takes) and whether or not you’ll supply the yarn (gift yes, random knitting request, no) which will also avoid the perils of being hoodwinked into knitting with alpaca yarn, spun on Peruvian mountains by elves at £50 a ball ….. this might seem a bit mean spirited but think about it… if your hobby was betting your life savings in online poker games and a friend or family member asked you to bet your house on their behalf, you’d probably say no. This will also avoid those awkward request which will either involve ‘letting someone down’ or staying awake for 3 days straight to knit a bridal shawl for her coming wedding that weekend….

anyway, best crack on… I’m knitting a ‘nice long scarf’…. 🙄🤢

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FLASH! …aaaahhhhh!

I’ve just finished the second of the fairy tale cosy collar – still working out the fastening when my husband comes in the room….

“Oh look” he chuckles “Ming The Merciless” …. Oh. I guess he might have a point if it was red and black…. which of course I am going to have to try now, I’ve got some red, I’ll get some black next time I’m in town.